The Gray Catbird is able to mimic the vocalizations of several other birds, and even other animals. Males with the most variety of sounds may be the most attractive to females because large repertoires demonstrate they have already survived many breeding seasons. Listen to a Gray Catbird with a particularly extensive repertoire—he even samples sounds from a Pacific chorus frog.
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